PRINCESS BEATRICE could wed fiancé Eduardo Mapelli Mozzi in Italy in an untelevised ceremony, a royal expert has claimed.
Details of Princess Beatrice’s wedding are due to be released in the New Year but she is likely to opt for a low profile ceremony following the scandal enshrouding her father Prince Andrew. The Queen’s second son received a major backlash when he broke his silence over his relationship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and the sexual assault allegations against him in a BBC Newsnight interview. The Duke has denied all allegations against him but the public outcry in the wake of the interview led to him stepping down from public duties “for the foreseeable future”.
The fallout is expected to have a significant impact on Princess Beatrice’s wedding – the last royal wedding of its kind for a long time.
Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams has said Beatrice’s nuptials to Eduardo should be “as low profile as humanely possible”.
He told Express.co.uk: “The public has not found the issues surrounding Andrew edifying… it will only be very sensible to keep it low profile and keep tax payer expenditure at an absolute minimum.”
He explained the Yorks are “a very difficult brand at the moment” and said it was best for them to keep out of the spotlight.
Although official details of the wedding have yet to be announced by Buckingham Palace, Mr Fitzwilliams suggested the couple could wed in Italy, where her fiancé’s family reside.
Eduardo is of Italian heritage, and the pair got engaged when holidaying in the European country in September.
Australian commentator Angela Mollard has already predicted the couple will tie the knot in Eduardo’s home country and Mr Fitwilliams agrees.
He said holding the ceremony in Italy would “make perfect sense given the circumstances”.
The royal expert added that unlike her younger sister Princess Eugenie, whose wedding to long term partner Jack Brooksbank was broadcast by ITV, Princess Beatrice’s nuptials are unlikely to be televised.
He said: “There is no question that Beatrice’s will no nothing like as high profile as her sister’s.
“Eugenie’s wedding was shortly after Meghan and Harry’s – when the royal’s were riding high.
“But the Yorks are a very difficult brand at the moment.”
Mr Fitzwilliams said it is “very unfortunate” that Beatrice will not be able to have an illustrious wedding.
But he said: “You have to deal with facts as they are, not always as you might wish them to be.”
Royal biographer Ingrid Seward suggested Beatrice would not be phased by having a more relaxed wedding.
She said Beatrice is more “pliable” than her Eugenie and will want to “keep everyone happy”.
The official wedding announcement is expected to be made in the second week of January, but royal insiders have said the Queen has already signed off on the date for the couple’s big day.
The wedding is understood to be scheduled for early June so it won’t interrupt the Queen’s favourite week of the year – Royal Ascot.